50. If I am a disabled immigrant, do I need to wait 5 years for SNAP?

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No. You do not need to wait five years if you are a lawful permanent resident adult and you receive a disability-based benefit because of a severe disability1. This policy also applies to battered immigrants and humanitarian parolees. If you are under age 18, you do not need a disability-benefit; there is no 5-year wait.

Showing DTA you are disabled explains the disability rules for SNAP and multiple ways you can qualify as receiving a “disability-based benefit,” including through EAEDC or MassHealth. See eligibility for SNAP if you are a legal immigrant.

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